Parents accused of leaving their 2-year-old son alone for up to 90 minutes to go play Pokémon Go.

Arizona couple Brent Daley, 27, and Brianna Daley, 25, were arrested after a neighbour found the boy crying outside the couple’s home on Thursday night, the Pinal County sheriff’s office said Monday.

The child was barefoot and wearing a diaper and a T-shirt, authorities said.

The couple initially told deputies they went to buy gas but then said they had gone in search of virtual Pokémon creatures in their neighbourhood for about 90 minutes, the sheriff’s office said.

The Daley’s have been accused of child neglect and child endangerment, and their son has been turned over to the state’s child protection agency.

Sheriff Paul Babeu said his and other law enforcement agencies have warned people about personal safety while playing the smartphone game.

“But we never would have imagined that parents would abandon a child to play Pokémon Go,” he said. “This goes beyond comprehension.”

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  • I have heard some bad things happening while playing this Pokemon game, but this is probably the worst


  • For real? Man I could imagine getting hit by a car while walking around looking for pokemon’s but leaving your child to do it? are you really that desperate to get yourself into so much trouble just for a digital game?

    The extreme to which people go for this game is just beyond my imagination – abandoning children, break and entering, crossing freeways! – is there no end to it?


  • There seems to be no limit to people’s stupidity.


  • When I heard the promotions about this I wondered how responsible parents would be. The same thing happened when the casinos opened in a lot of places in Aust. Children left in cars for hours. Even in cool weather and a vehicle in the shade they still heat up.


  • I can’t imagine how a computer game would be worth this.


  • The child is 2 years old and to leave him alone for 90 minutes is shocking.


  • This is getting outrageous with this silly game ! My son was playing Pokemon last week and I explained him I’ve hears and read many negative stories about it. He had no problem with deleting the game.


  • Really? How could they do that??
    My daughter plays Pokemon sometimes, maybe once a week. And always while with me or my husband. Some people are really exaggerating!


  • This whole pokemon thing is just ridiculous


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